Saturday, 23 March 2013

Still Looking For Easter Ideas?

Still wondering what to do for your favourite little people for Easter?

If you have a little bit of time up your sleeves, and a cutting machine, like my beloved Pazzles Inspiration, you  still have plenty of time to make this gorgeous little Garden Arbor Basket designed by Cathrine of Paper Garden Projects, and fill it full of pretty yellow shreds of paper and delicious little Lindt chocolate eggs ...

It took me an afternoon of not very hard work - most of the time was taken up deciding where to put all the flowers and butterflies and eggs! Isn't it just the cutest little basket! The cutting files for this project are on sale over at The Digichicks website at the moment - so hop on over and purchase your copy so you can work on your own arbor baskets this weekend!

Then again, you might have lots of little people to make for, so you might be looking for something a bit quicker! How about these totally gorgeous Paper Garden Project Bunny Pops from the Bunny Treats kit?


There's a little box at the back of each bunny shape, in which to pop a little chocolate treat. They perch on wooden skewers which I inserted into a little tin bucket full of eggs. I found the buckets at Woolies a couple of weeks ago, and they came in blue, pink, yellow and green. Woolies is carrying quite a lot of Easter craft goodies this year, and it's well worth a look when you are next passing!

After I had cut out the bunnies, I dived into my chalk ink collection and found colours to match each of the bunnies. I inked around the cut edges, and then inked the wooden skewers to match. A quick and easy project - I created three in an hour from start to finish.

Cathrine included some Bunny Boxes with the Bunny Pops in her Bunny Treats kit. I am totally in love with the green bunny ... I think his name must be Eggbert!

Eggbert stands (sits actually) just 12cm high and is perfect for a little person who's Mummy and Daddy aren't into lots of chocolate for him or her at Easter. Wouldn't Eggbert and his friends also make cute little table decorations for an Easter lunch or dinner?

OK, so what about those slightly older little people who you are thinking of taking on a holiday over the Easter break? Perhaps you were planning on rationing electronic games for a couple of days? What about this for an idea ... 

I printed out a sheet from The Paper Garden Projects Chalk It Up For Spring kit onto heatpress paper, transferred it to some white cotton fabric and used it to make a little drawstring bag. This would be a lovely gift on it's own if you filled it with Easter eggs and chocolates, as the bag can be reused over and over again.

However, I decided to go a few steps further with the idea of an old fashioned travel game ...

Yes, you guessed it! Travel Noughts and Crosses, or Tic, Tac, Toe, with an Eastery feel to it. I made up a little board 9cm x 9cm using more 'Chalk it up to Spring' papers, and mounted it onto a piece of 1mm thick white cardboard. I then printed out 5 blue butterflies and 5 pink butterflies and and used my Epiphany Crafts Round 25 Shape Studio Tool to make the round epoxy counters.

The Renaissance Man and I had a lovely time 'testing' this game. He even suggested we take it with us on our next weekend in the country! (I need to practice more before we do though ... he beat me hands down every time LOL)

I hope these ideas have inspired you to create some Eastery goodness over the next week and that you and your family have a happy and enjoyable Easter break.


Friday, 8 March 2013

It's Almost Easter!

And here in Perth the days are definitely starting to get shorter ... but we are hanging out for some rain and cooler weather as we head into Autumn after the hottest Summer on record!

And as we wait for cooler, rainy Autumn days here in the southern hemisphere, the northern hemisphere is longing for warm sunshine and blue skies. And what better way to celebrate the coming of Spring than to create some lovely things with Paper Garden Projects' new kit 'Chalk It Up To Spring'. 

Chalk It Up To Spring Digital Craft Kit

I was delighted to be have been asked to work with this new kit. It's a new release on The DigiChick site, and to celebrate it's release the kit is on sale this weekend. Hop on over and check it out!

See all those lovely bunnies and butterflies - I knew straight away that I would have to create a gift box full of Eastery goodness ... and combine it with my favourite Easter chocolates (well ... actually ... favourite chocolate for any time of the year really) Lindt.  

Cathrine also has a great little box kit which I knew would work perfectly for my Easter gift boxes. 

Gift Box with K-Cup Holder Cutting File

I used the SVG cutting files which imported perfectly into my Pazzles Inspiration software, and sized down the round holes in the inlay shape to 2.5cm (1").

For the box itself I chose the solid grass green and bright pink papers, doublesided them with patterned paper No. 4 and printed them out on a lovely 250gsm recycled paper which I know cuts well on my Pazzles.  I then cut out the insert tray using a single sided print of patterned paper no. 16. 

I had some of the doublesided paper left, so decided to decorate the lid using the svg file for the square mat. I printed and cut out the bunny border and applied it to the box lid edges. I then cut out four little butterflies using the svg file, and glued them onto the circles which I had cut from the insert tray, and centred and glued them on each of the four sides of the lid.

Inspired by the lovely digi rosettes in the kit I decided to make one from the leftover green doublesided card.
And then of course I had to have one of those gorgeous bunnies as a lid topper. I duplicated the bunny cut  file and added a bridge on the bunny's back feet, so that when he was cut out and folded he became a 3D bunny. I punched out a pink flower topper for the bunny to sit on and glued them all onto the rosette.

Then it was time to fill the little box full of Lindt bunnies!

I popped their dear little heads through the holes in the insert, and then fitted it all into the box base. They fit perfectly! It looks like they are having a little party in that box doesn't it! 

Now, obviously this is a little girl's (and not so little) Easter box ... but look at the lovely brown and blue papers in the kit - I just know a little boy would love one of these boxes done in those colours!